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MICA Illustrators Awarded Top Honors by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration

Five Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) recent graduates were accepted in the highly-selective Society of Illustrators’ 2008 Student Scholarship Competition.

Posted 06.03.08 by MICA Media Relations

Five Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) recent graduates were accepted in the highly-selective Society of Illustrators' 2008 Student Scholarship Competition. Two of the five MICA illustrators took home cash awards.

Jeremy Enecio's digital painting, Cover, earned him top 2008 prizes: a $5,000 award in memory of Arthur Zankel and the Illustration Academy Award, admission to a seven-week professional academy valued at $7,000. Enecio has accepted a concept artist position at Big Huge Games in Timonium, Maryland. Eamonn Donnelly, another May graduate, won the $1,000 Origins Award for his oil painting, Redhead.

The society also honored Kali Ciesemier '08 (Estelle LeBlanc), Jimmy Giegerich '08 (Jikininki), and Jason Hoffman ‘08 (Moby Dick 1.) To view all 134 illustrations of distinction, visit www.soicompetitions.org.

An illustration by May graduate Ana Benaroya was selected for inclusion in American Illustration 27, a hardcover annual that is used by art directors and editors as a major source for assignments and commissions. The professional-level competition drew 7,500 pieces from more than 1,200 entrants this year. Only 386 images were selected. To view Benaroya's work, visit www.anabenaroya.com. American Illustration's Web site is www.ai-ap.com.

Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. It enrolls 1,640 undergraduate and 226 graduate students from 48 states and 53 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), and master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees. It also offers post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.

Cover, digital painting, Jeremy Enecio

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.